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Utility Oboe and English Horn Audition

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Preliminary Rounds

Monday, May 11, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (if necessary)

Semifinal and Final Rounds

Semis: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Finals: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 OR Wednesday, May 13, 2020

***We include this information just to be proactive about the ever-changing situation our nation and world faces right now. Arts organizations are in difficult spots without live audiences to view and listen to their work, and the Kansas City Symphony is no different in that regard at the moment. Currently, we have closed all live performances to an audience through May 10.

You will recognize that date as being just one day before this audition is set to begin. As of now, we are planning to hold this audition during the dates advertised, and hope that the situation will allow us to do that. But we do want you all to realize that a decision to postpone this audition may become a necessity at some point. Therefore, we encourage you all to wait to book travel plans for this audition until after invitations are sent out (early April), and at the very least make sure your bookings are flexible or redeemable should we need to postpone it.

Our sincere hope is to be able to proceed with this audition on May 11-13 as scheduled. We will keep you apprised of any changes as they are known.***


Utility Oboe and English Horn Repertoire List
Utility Oboe and English Horn Non-Rental Excerpts


Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. Please do NOT use the main lobby entrance on the south side of the building. Please enter the building through the NE stage door located near the intersection of 16th and Wyandotte.

Maps of Downtown Kansas City and Kauffman Center

Additional Information

In addition to a one-page résumé (due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020), applicants must send a refundable check for $100 made payable to the Kansas City Symphony no later than Monday, April 27, 2020. Our audition committee will review résumés after the April 1 deadline and will then notify all applicants of their invitation status for this audition by email. The musicians we are inviting will be given an assigned audition time only after we have received a deposit check by the above stated deadline. Invited musicians will have their deposit check returned to them at the audition or if a cancellation is made prior to one week before the audition. For those not invited, the $100 deposit will be destroyed following the audition.

This vacancy for Utility Oboe and English Horn is tenure track and it is expected that the winner of this audition will begin employment with the Kansas City Symphony in September 2020 for the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Annual Salary for the Utility Oboe and English Horn position:

Minimum Salary: $68,357
Electronic Media Guarantee: $1,386
TOTAL Annual Salary for Utility Oboe and English Horn: $69,743*

*An additional week of salary is available if the musician participates in the very popular Community Connections program. While this participation is optional, it would provide up to an additional $1,627 bringing the total annual salary to $71,370.

About the Kansas City Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony aspires to be a destination for the world’s best musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in the Kansas City region, the Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of Classical subscription, educational, special and outreach concerts. In addition, the Kansas City Symphony performs for virtually all productions of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The KCS performs in the beautiful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a space internationally recognized for its world-class acoustics.  Kansas City and its suburbs have been ranked as among the best places to live in the USA, and the KC metro area is estimated to have cost of living that is 85-90% of the national average. Kansas City is remarkably sophisticated, has very strong support for the arts, a generous philanthropic community, easy traffic and great restaurants.

The KCS has an enviable record of financial stability for years, and in 2017 completed a $55 million endowment campaign that will bring the Symphony’s endowment to approximately $100 million.  The KCS also has long-term stability in its artistic and administrative staff, and an excellent and highly-engaged Board of Directors. The culture of the Kansas City Symphony is expressed in our core values of excellence, trust, and respect, and there are outstanding relations between the musicians, staff, and board.

Benefits for all orchestra positions include:

  • 42 week season
  • 2020-2021 season annual base salary is $64,680 (including $33/wk Electronic Media Guarantee)
  • An additional week of salary is available to each musician for participation in the popular Community Connections program. Participation is optional.
  • Health Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield with $0 in-network deductible, $20 in-network co-pays, and an annual out-of-pocket maximum of only $750.
  • Dental, Life & ADD, Instrument, and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Up to 12-week paid maternity/paternity leave
  • 19 days paid vacation per season
  • Three personal days per season, accumulating to 9
  • One relief week per season, plus 4 discretionary relief days
  • 5.45% Pension Contribution to the AFM-EPF
  • 2% Contribution to 403b with additional matching provisions available up to another 1.5%

Since the 2010-2011 season, the annual base compensation has increased by 31% and will increase an additional 9% from 2019 to 2021.

To Apply

Please submit a one-page resume by email, mail, or fax which is clearly marked with the name of the position being auditioned for to:

Elizabeth Fairfield, Assistant Personnel Manager
Kansas City Symphony
1703 Wyandotte St., Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108